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Michael was born in Evansville, IN, and started swimming at a very early age. He joined his first swim team at age 5, and by high school had become such an outstanding swimmer that he moved to Austin, TX to train under legendary coach Randy Reese (also a member of the Dolfin family!) at Longhorn Aquatic. It was extremely hard for Michael to leave his family behind in Indiana, but he was passionate about his sport and knew he had to sacrifice and work hard in order to be the best he could be. After setting the state record in the 500 free and becoming High School Swimmer of the Year in Texas, Michael went on to swim for the University of Texas in 2005.
Michael had an extremely successful collegiate career, becoming an 11-time Big 12 champion, 13-time All American, and held school and Big 12 Conference records in the 500 free, 1000 free, 1650 free, 400 IM, and the 800 free relay, which was also NCAA Champions and set the NCAA and American record in the US open. Michael was national champion in the 400 free in 2004, 500 free and 1650 free in the Short Course Nationals in 2010.
Michael competed in the World University Games in 2005, 2007 and 2011, winning a total of 8 medals. He also competed in the Pan-Pacific Games in 2006 and 2010, and was part of the Duel in the Pool team in 2009, 2011 and 2013, where he was 2 time champion in the 400 freestyle, and also placed in the 800 free. In 2012, Michael received a gold medal at the Short Course World Championships as part of the 4×200 free relay, and also came in 4th in the 400 free. At 2015 Worlds, Michael also received a silver medal for the 4×200 free relay.
Among the records Michael still holds today are Texas and Big 12 records in the 500 free and 800 free relay, American Record in the 800 free relay and US Open Record in the 400 free (short course). Now training in Michigan with Club Wolverine (along with his wife, fellow Team USA and Team Dolfin member Emily Brunemann), Michael has his sights set on the 2016 Rio Olympics.
FROM THE BLOG
- A Special Birthday Wish for Michael Klueh https://youtu.be/NHMWkuLvQB0
- Klueh Blog February 2016 This has been a fun and challenging week of training! As I continue to push my ability to consistently train at higher and higher levels, I’m becoming increasingly excited about my preparations for the Olympic Trials in a few months. A previous coach of mine, the legendary Jon Urbanchek (who turns 80 years young this ...
- Klueh Blog January 2016 My first meet of 2016 happened to be my last meet at the Texas Swimming Center in Austin. On one hand, I just raced for the last time at the pool I trained in everyday while swimming for the University of Texas. This pool holds so many memories for me: races won and lost, completing ...
- Klueh Blog November 2015 I have been working hard for this journey and the next one. Amidst my heavy training schedule, I have been interviewing at medical schools and completing coursework at a nearby university. Both of my goals, qualifying for the Olympic Games and becoming a successful physician, go hand in hand. They each require a high level ...
- Klueh Blog Sept 2015 This summer has been one of the most memorable summers in my career as I competed at both the Pan-American Games and World Championships. The Pan-American Games were held in mid-July in Toronto, Canada. It is one of the largest sporting events in the world, consisting of over 6,000 athletes from 41 nations competing in ...
- FAVORITE MOVIE
Star Wars Episode V
- FAVORITE TV SHOW
- FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD
Extra Cheesy Mac & Cheese
- FAVORITE TRAVEL SPOT
- FAVORITE QUOTE
“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” – Steve Prefontaine